China has officially blocked WhatsApp; confirmation comes even from New York Times. After months of disservices from Chinese users, with problems related to sending videos and photos through the known application, the service has been completely blocked by the Great Firewall Chinese.
WhatsApp blocked by the censorship of the Great Firewall in China
To reveal it, Nadim Kobeissi, cryptograph of the Symbolic Software, a French research company that also monitors the level of digital censorship in China. Second Kobessi, the government would have recently updated his Great Firewall to detect and block the protocol NoiseSocket, that WhatsApp uses to send text messages. This, in addition to the arrest of the protocol HTTPS / TLS, used by the application to send videos and photos. The disservices linked to the latter would have been a sort of "test", before proceeding with the actual ban.
The block of WhatsApp is the umpteenth provision against Facebook, already banned in China since 2009 (and owner of the application). This is the last of one series of censorial acts by the Chinese government during the year, coinciding with the advent of the nineteenth National Congress of the Communist Party; it is in fact a very important five-year meeting, in which changes within the Party leadership are made official.
Most likely, WhatsApp the government has been targeted especially for the use of the system end-to-end encryption, which serves to guarantee the privacy of users. In fact, this would put her in a position quite different from WeChat, Which has recently confirmed to share user data with the Chinese government. With his 963 million of active users, WeChat, the main messaging app of the Asian country, would receive great benefits from the rival's ban, which would remain cut off from a truly huge market share.
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